A total of 67.44 inches of measurable rain was recorded in Franklin during 2019, which is 17.57 inches more than the calendar year average of 49.87 inches.
A total of 54 winter hats and 41 pairs of winter gloves and mittens were donated during WFKN Radio's annual Warming Franklin Kids Now winter clothing collection drive that ended Dec. 31.
The sold out, pop-up dinner, "The ART of: Conversation," was held as a benefit fundraiser for the Simpson County Guild of Artists and Craftsmen (also known as the Gallery on the Square) on Jan. 2, 2020 at the historic Simpson County Courthouse.
State agencies announced on Jan. 1 that the Simpson County Welcome Center will be closed as of Jan. 2 for demolition and reconstruction on the facility to be completed by the fall of 2020.
Some 3,000 years ago, the preacher in Ecclesiastes proclaimed, "Of making many books there is no end," but how those books are published and enjoyed has changed dramatically. Even in the past decade, we've witnessed an industry transformed by new economic forces, technological innovations an…
When the history of our time is written, the year 2019 might stand as the turning point in the battle for liberal democracy -- a year when millions of people rose to fight against the forces that for more than a decade have been bulldozing it, trampling the values of free societies almost un…
Since the Friday after Thanksgiving, a group of Franklin and Simpson County citizens have met on the corner of Kentucky and Main Streets to protest climate change and participate in Fridays for Future.
The year for Simpson County's Bicentennial came to a close with the New Year's celebration on Dec. 31, but it started off with a bang with a birthday party on Jan. 28.
The impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill have been a crash course on the inner workings of constitutional democracy. As historian and journalist Yoni Appelbaum said recently, impeachment is a constitutional mechanism with the words "break glass in case of emergency" emblazoned on it, raising…
Who would you go to for toothbrush recommendations? A dentist, of course. What about a great file cabinet? A professional organizer. At least, that's what we would do, if we wanted to spend our hard-earned money on a household product that works well, looks good and lasts. During 2019, exper…
As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the 1st Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put working…
The final day 2019 Simpson County property tax bills can be paid at face value is Dec. 31. Late penalties will be added to unpaid tax bills beginning Jan. 1.
The Simpson County School Board met on Dec. 19 for their regularly schedule meeting to approve several action items on their agenda including the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan.
The case of a Texas man accused of stealing a car from the Walmart parking lot in Franklin while a 14 year-old was asleep in it was bound to the Simpson County grand jury.
As 2019 comes to a close, I'd like to extend warm wishes and sincere hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a holiday season in good health and full of happiness. Just as the eve of "the most wonderful time of year" is upon us, so is the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Editor's note: Stan Portmann was editor of the Franklin Favorite from 1953 to 1984. In his memory, the Franklin Favorite annually publishes his column entitled, "Christmas is ..." This column first appeared in 1969 and is published at this time every year.
Franklin and Simpson County's Operation Christmas Child surpassed their goal for the year in Simpson County with a total of 4,621 shoeboxes shipped out.
A Simpson County deputy sheriff was among 30 law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduating from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training on Dec. 5.
The Franklin City Commission, during a special called meeting on Dec. 17, approved demolition of all structures at city owned property at 501 West Madison St. by AAA Remediation, Inc. at no cost to the city.
Member of Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marines Corps Reserves project, stopped in Franklin on Friday to collect items donated at various pickup locations in Simpson County.